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Poll: Foreign Aid Should be Top Spending Cut

Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 08:32 AM

By Matthew Auerbach

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Reducing foreign aid is the overwhelming choice for most Americans when it comes to spending cuts.

In a poll released Friday from Pew Research Center that offered 19 options for reducing government spending, cutting foreign aid was supported by more than 40 percent of Americans.

Reducing funding for the State Department and limiting unemployment aid are both supported by around one-third of Americans.

Approximately one-quarter of Americans favor reductions to the Defense Department and to aid for the needy in the U.S.

Cuts in other areas supplied by Pew, including health care, energy, entitlement programs, infrastructure, scientific research and combating crime, garner even less support.

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For most categories, a majority of Americans want to keep spending at the same level.

There’s majority support among Republicans for cuts in only two areas: foreign aid an unemployment assistance.

Foreign aid takes up about 1 percent of the federal budget. Social Security, which only one in ten Americans support cutting, makes up about 20 percent.

Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid are supported by under a quarter of Americans, but take up around 21 percent of the budget.

A majority of Americans want to hike spending in only two areas. Sixty percent want more spent on education, and 53 percent said the same of veterans’ benefits.

The poll of 1,504 adults was conducted from Feb. 13-18. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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